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Six Australian Canoeing members nominated for World Paddle Awards

Six Australian Canoeing members have been recognised for their achievements and investment in paddlesport in Australia by being nominated for the 2017 World Paddle Awards. Congratulation to Ian Beasley, Dean Gardiner, Jessica Fox, Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi, Sue Natoli and Sandy Robson.

The World Paddle Awards (WPA) is held annually, celebrating the most remarkable men and women from the world of paddlesports along with their achievements from the previous calendar year across seven categories.

VOTE for our Australians!

The public can take part in the voting procedures. Head to the World Paddle Awards nominees pages or follow the links below. You can ‘Like’ (Facebook) and ‘Google+’ your selections to win at the bottom of each nominee profile. Public voting closes 19 November 2017.

Australian Nominations

Lifetime Achievement Award

Australian Ocean racer Dean Gardiner has been at the pinnacle of Australian ocean racing for more than twenty years and is nominated for this year’s World Paddle Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. Dean’s career started with a mix of lifesaving, surf ski and Ironman events, before he decided to focus on the longer distance surf ski races. Since he made the move to ocean racing, Dean has won races all over the word, from the US to Tahiti and has won the revered Molokai title nine times. Dean played a big part in the growth of the sport in Australia, with considerable financial investment as the owner and founder of Ocean Paddler and the Ocean Racing Series, which will comprise of 13 events for the 2017/18 season. More here.

Sports Woman of the Year

With Sandy Robson and Jessica Fox two Australians are nominated for the 2017 Sportswoman of the Year Award.

Sandy Robson just received the Olegas Truchanas Award at our Annual Awards dinner and paddled from Germany to Australia, which makes her go down in history as one of the greatest sea kayakers in the world.

Olympic medallist and 2017 K1 Slalom World Champion Jessica Fox is the most decorated female athlete on the international circuit and has written numerous pages in the history book of Canoe Slalom. After winning the Academy Award in 2017, she is once again nominated for the World Paddle Awards Sportswoman of the year category. Vote for Sandy and Jess via links below.

Foundation Award

Another two Australians are nominated for the Foundation Award: Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi and Sue Natoli.

Our Canoe Slalom Coach One Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi is one of the rare female coaches on the Canoe Slalom international circuit and the powerhouse woman behind the reigning K1W World Champion. Her passion for the sport and desire to win has been poured into her athletes and of the four female team events at this year’s U23 and Senior World Championships, Myriam’s athletes won three medals (1 x silver C1W senior, 2 x bronze K1W U23 and Senior). More about Myriam’s nomination here.

Our Life Member Sue Natoli is also nominated for the Foundation Award and has been actively involved in local, national and international Canoe Slalom events for two decades.

Find out more about Sue’s nomination here: http://www.worldpaddleawards.com/nominees/2017-sue-natoli-australia

Media Professional of the Year

Ian Beasley is nominated for the 2017 Media Professional at the World Paddle Awards. Ian’s books, which are read right around the world, give paddlers, coaches and officials a unique insight into the sport and as a result have become a go-to reference tool worldwide. See his World Paddle Awards nomination here.

VOTING: Follow below links to vote – you can vote for multiple people in one category

For more information on the voting procedure see here: http://www.worldpaddleawards.com/news/nomination-and-voting-procedure-for-the-2015-2016-world-paddle-awards


Sandy Robson: http://www.worldpaddleawards.com/nominees/2017-sandy-robson-australia

Jessica Fox: http://www.worldpaddleawards.com/nominees/2017-jessica-fox-australia


Sue Natoli : http://www.worldpaddleawards.com/nominees/2017-sue-natoli-australia

Myriam Fox Jerusalmi: http://www.worldpaddleawards.com/nominees/2017-myriam-fox-jerusalmi-australia


Ian Beasley: http://www.worldpaddleawards.com/nominees/2017-ian-beasley-australia

About the World Paddle Awards.

The awards recognise the diversity of people and organisations in our community and honour the hard work they put into our sport. Not only are there awards for the athletes but also for coaches, officials (volunteers), media, event organisers and so on. Here is an overview and explanation of the Awards.

Furthermore the awards also reflect the fact that there are many different paddlesports within our community. Besides the Olympic disciplines, canoe sprint and canoe slalom, the WPA also respects and celebrates non-Olympic paddlesports.

The World Paddle Awards ceremony for the 2017 season will take place in Silkeborg, Denmark on 24 February 2018.

Jessica Fox and Curtis McGrath take top honours at Australian Canoeing 2017 Annual Awards

Olympic medallist and 2017 Canoe Slalom World Champion in the women’s K1 Jessica Fox (NSW) took home the Canoeist of the Year Award, while Paralympic champion and 2017 dual World Champion Curtis McGrath was awarded the Paracanoeist of the Year Award at the Australian Canoeing 2017 Annual Awards held on the Gold Coast on Saturday (4 November 2017).

2017 Canoeist of the Year Jessica Fox had another outstanding season winning a total of 13 individual medals and three team medals in the women’s C1 and K1 events at the 2017 World Cups and World Championships and wrapped up her year with the World Champion title in the K1 at the recent ICF Slalom World Championships in Pau, France.

Together with sister Noemi Fox (NSW) and Kate Eckhardt (TAS) she was also a finalist for the Team of the Year Award, which went to the men’s K4 1000m crew of Ken Wallace (QLD), Jordan Wood (QLD), Murray Stewart (NSW) and Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW). The Australian men’s K4 were recognised for their outstanding international season, which culminated in the 2017 World Championship title.

“It’s a big honour receiving this award. We had some great results in the slalom and for me it’s been a fantastic season in my individual races and also in the team races with the other girls Kate (Eckhardt), Noemi (Fox) and Ros (Lawrence). But it’s been an amazing year in the sport as a whole and also in sprint, paracanoe and marathon there were some amazing results, so to win this I’m really honoured and humbled,” Jess Fox said at the end of the awards night.

“Curt McGrath I thought would have it, so I’m very happy and thank you to Australian Canoeing and the coaches, the program as well as the Australian Institute of Sport that these awards and who support our sport,” Fox added.

For Curtis McGrath, who was not able to attend in person, it was the third time in a row to receive the coveted Paralympic honour after he took home both the Canoeist of the Year and Paracanoeist of the Year award in 2016. The Queenslander and Sydney 2018 Invictus Games ambassador followed up on his Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medal by wining both the K1 and V1 paracanoe events at the 2017 ICF Paracanoe World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic in August.

Fellow Paralympian Dylan Littlehales (NSW) won the Junior Canoeist of the Year Award. Dylan, who only just turned 18 last week, has been competing in the paracanoeing senior class, where he finished fifth in the men’s KL3 200m at the 2017 ICF Paracanoe World Championships.

“It’s a huge honour to receive this award. I competed against the Junior athletes not only in the paracanoe, but also in the Olympic class and everyone is at a high level, so getting this award feels incredible,” Dylan Littlehales said after receiving the award. And making his ambitions for the future clear, he added: “It’s great to train with the likes of Curtis, who is a great athlete and the goal I had ever since I started competing is to be able to beat him and I’m finally starting to get there”

2017 Canoe Sprint World Champion in the women’s K1 1000m Alyce Burnett (QLD) received the Canoeist of the Year Award Non-Olympic for achievements in the non-olympic classes.

The Junior Canoeist of the Year Non-Olympic went to Australian Canoe Marathon Team paddler Erin Blanch (QLD). The 18-year old, who won the Under 18 Women Australian Canoe Marathon Championships, also took home the 2017 People’s Choice Award after receiving the most number of votes via the Australian Canoeing website. This year’s People’s Choice Award attracted a record number of nearly 40,000 votes.

Erin Blanch’s coach and Paracanoe Team coach Andrea King (QLD) was awarded Coach of the Year for the third time in a row. King who provides her time to a number of junior paddlers training out of the Gold Coast’s Varsity Paddlers with national team success across canoe marathon, sprint and paracanoe. Her paracanoe athletes won four gold medals at the 2017 ICF Paracanoe World Championships with the Australian Paracanoe Team finishing as the top rank nation.

On the technical side, Victorian Peter Grant was recognised with the Technical Official of the Year award. Grant who has been a Technical Official for 18 years, became a Slalom International Technical Official (ITO) in 2005 and has held many positions since, including Chair of the Victorian Technical Committee and Chair of the Australian Technical Committee until 2016. He was also appointed Technical Official for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The Australian Canoeing Awards not only recognise the exceptional achievements in paddle sports in the elite environment but across a range of categories including adventurous paddlers, instructors and club volunteers.

The Excellence Award is awarded for services to canoeing in either administration or sporting endeavour over a “significant” period of time and this year was awarded to Western Australian Canoe Slalom coach Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic for his outstanding contribution over twenty five years in Australia to WA slalom and to the broader Australian slalom community.

The 2017 Award of Merit, which is awarded for outstanding achievement in canoeing in either administration or sporting endeavour, this year went to Paralympic silver medallist and 2017 ICF Paracanoe World Champion Amanda Reynolds (VIC), Paralympic bronze medallist and 2017 ICF Paracanoe World Champion Susan Seipel (QLD) as well as to Olympian and U23 K1 1000m World Champion Alyssa Bull (QLD).

Western Australian Sandy Robson received the 2017 Olegas Truchanas Canoeing Award Award for kayaking 23,000kms on the historic Oskar Speck route from Germany to Australia. The Award celebrates an active or tour which best exemplifies the spirit of Olegas Truchanas, who shared his passion for the natural environment through photography, publishing environmental issues and teaching young people how to face the challenges of life. Robson covered the trip in four stages spread over the years 2011 to 2014 with the longest stage covering 4233km (Germany to Cyprus) and the shortest covering 2240km (Indian West Coast and Gulf of Mannar).

The President’s Award went to Jason Dicker (TAS) from Tamar Canoe Club, who also was awarded Life Membership together with Peter Carter (SA) and five-time Olympian Dennis Green (NSW).

Australian Canoeing’s awards night also recognised the Master Canoeist of the Year and Instructor of the Year.

The Australian Canoeing Annual Awards recognise and honour the achievements of Australian Canoeing’s athletes, coaches and volunteers across 16 categories. This year’s Annual Awards Dinner also incorporated the inaugural Australian Canoeing Hall of Fame Induction with Australian Canoeing recognising twelve of its sporting greats.

“It’s been an amazing night celebrating the Hall of Fame together with the Awards and all the history coming with it. There are a lot of people that I knew but I didn’t know their full story so that was really lovely.” Canoeist of the Year Jessica Fox said. “I think everybody learnt a lot tonight and it’s great to reflect on the history in our sport and to celebrate the achievements of the inductees, the current athletes as well as the volunteers, who work behind the scenes.”

The 2017 annual awards were presented at a Gala Dinner at the Mantra Legends on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, 4 November 2017.

See a list of finalists for the 2017 Australian Canoeing Awards winners here:

− Jessica Fox (NSW), Penrith Valley Canoeing

− Alyce Burnett (QLD), Sunshine Coast Paddlesports Club Inc.

− Dylan Littlehales (NSW), Avoca Kayak Club

− Erin Blanch (QLD), Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club

− Curtis McGrath (QLD), Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club Inc

− Michael Leverett (VIC), Barwon Heads Canoe Club

− 2017 Senior Men’s Canoe Sprint K4 1000m: Ken Wallace (QLD), Murray Stewart (NSW), Riley Fitzsimmons (NSW) and Jordan Wood (QLD)

− Andrea King (QLD), Varsity Lakes Paddlers Club

− Erin Blanch (QLD), Currumbin Creek Paddlers Club

− Jason Dicker, Tamar Canoe Club

− Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic (WA), Swan Canoe Club

− Ross Cook (QLD), Sandgate Canoe Club Inc
− Marion Ewing (WA), Swan Canoe Club

− Angela Welsh (NSW), Sydney Harbour Kayaks

− Peter Grant (VIC), Melbourne Canoe Club

− – Sandy Robson (WA)

− Amanda Reynolds (VIC), Patterson Lakes Canoe Club
− Alyssa Bull (QLD), Sunshine Coast Paddlesports Club Inc
− Susan Seipel (QLD), Brisbane Canoeing Inc

− Jason Dicker
− Peter Carter
− Dennis Green

Australian Canoeing begin search for new C1 coach


Applications Close: 10th November, 2017
C1 Technical / Canoe Slalom Development Coach
Location: Penrith, NSW, Australia

Australian Canoeing (AC) is the peak body for canoeing in Australia. It encompasses all the disciplines of the sport of
canoeing: Canoe Polo, Canoe Marathon, Canoe Slalom, Freestyle, Canoe Sprint, Ocean Racing, Wildwater Racing and
Recreation are all under the one umbrella of Australian Canoeing.
Funded by the Australian Sports Commission, Australian Canoeing is charged with delivering multi medal outcomes at
Olympic Games and World Championships under Australia’s Winning Edge initiative.
You can find more information about Australian Canoeing here – http://canoe.org.au/


You will provide outstanding leadership, technical direction and coaching for C1 category athletes nationally.
Working at the National Centre of Excellence (NCE), Penrith, you will work under the direction of the Performance
Pathways Lead and provide support to the National Senior Coaches in the delivery of effective coaching and
performance support for identified C1 athletes and developing athletes across all Olympic categories.

Key responsibilities include:
§ Contributing to and promoting the overall strategic direction of the canoe slalom HP program.
§ Work with nationally identified C1 athletes in Slalom and providing outstanding technical leadership,
coaching services and competition support in both their daily training and at national and international
§ Providing support to the National Senior Coaches and National Team Coaches in the delivery of world class
technical coaching to C1 athletes, with the aim of ensuring sustainable success in line with Australia’s
winning edge targets.
§ In conjunction with the Performance Pathways Lead, provide direct coaching services and competition
support to identified developing athletes at National and international camps/competitions, and to National
§ Developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating high quality athlete plans that align to the national
program direction and success profiles for world class and developing athletes
§ Engaging and collaborating with high performance staff, SIS/SAS and National coaches to develop
opportunities and resources that contribute to the successful development, education, management and
transition of coach and athletes to a senior level.

Your success will be measure by:
§ Nationally identified athletes meet AC’s Winning Edge targets at international benchmark events: World
Championships (senior, under 23 and junior) and Olympic Games.
§ Improvement in Canoe Class athletes performance at benchmark events and in the pathway at Junior
National and domestic selection events.
§ Providing support to the National Senior Coaches in the delivery of a world class daily training environment
for Canoe Slalom at the NCE.
§ Success in Slalom events, evidenced by athletes working to high quality targeted training plans
§ Strong relationships developed with athletes, program partners, stakeholders, AC management, the
Australian Slalom Community and the AIS
§ Increased strength and depth in the Junior National Team in subsequent years


Knowledge and experience
§ Technical expertise in Canoe Slalom, particularly in the C1 category
§ Demonstrated coaching performance at an international level.
§ Devising and executing a long term training and competition plan to guide development of athletes for peak
performance at benchmark events
§ Working within high performance environments, developing potential emerging athletes into elite
§ Working within a high performance team to actively contribute to performance and life skill improvements
with athletes
§ Demonstrated ability to identify, attract and retain talented athletes
§ Relevant Coaching Accreditation
§ Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent
§ Understanding of the key levers for performance in Canoe Slalom for development and elite athletes

Personal characteristics
§ Willingness to learn, demonstrate initiative and ability to prioritise demands
§ Clear communicator who exercises sound judgement and maintains confidentiality and uses discretion
§ Ability to build and maintain strong relationships within the sport.
§ Passionate, enthusiastic team player
§ Available for ‘out of hours’ work and interstate/international travel

(Please contact the National Performance Director, Shaun Stephens: shaun.stephens@canoe.org.au; or National Pathways Lead,
Mike Druce: mike.druce@canoe.org.au for further information.

Additional information
Position title C1 Technical / Canoe Slalom Development Coach
Employer Australian Canoeing
Work type Full time
Salary Structured to attract high quality candidates
Location Penrith, NSW, Australia
Contract period To be negotiated

Apply to
If you believe that you meet the requirements listed above, please send a covering letter (maximum 2 pages), and
current resume to: shaun.stephens@canoe.org.au by 5pm Friday 10th November.
If you would like to enquire about the role contact Mike Druce on +61 410 560 799.
Although the initial screening will assess applicants against the above criteria, the selection process will assess
candidates against all of the Success Profile. Please refer to the Role Description for all the experience, knowledge,
personal characteristics and attributes required to be successful in this role.
A Working with Children Check is required for this role.

Australian Canoeing recognised in NSWIS annual awards

The cream of Australia’s canoe sprint and slalom teams have been announced as finalists at the 2017 NSWIS Awards Dinner.

2016 Olympic bronze medallist and 2017 K1 World Champion, Jessica Fox, and 2017 World Champions Riley Fitzsimmons and Murray Stewart have all been recognised for their outstanding international seasons.

Fox had an outstanding canoe slalom World Cup season, culminating in the 2017 K1 World Championship title in Pau, France, last month. She is in the running for the Office of Sport Female Athlete of the Year.

Fitzsimmons and Stewart have been nominated in the Arrowfield Stud Male Athlete of the Year category following their victory in the K4 1000m at the world championships. Joining them in the finalist announcement is sprint head coach Jake Michael and women’s slalom coach, Myriam Fox, in the Southern Design Coach of the Year award.

Para athlete Dylan Littlehales and slalom paddler Noemie Fox have both been nominated for the Mizuno Junior Athlete of the Year prize. The NSWIS Canoe Sprint Program is also a finalist for the Sydney Olympic Park Authority Program of the Year award.

Canoe athletes have also been recognised for their ability to balance their sport with other commitments. Jo Brigden-Jones is up for the ClubsNSW Personal Excellence Award, while Simon McTavish and Noemie Fox are finalists in the University of Sydney Academic Excellence category.

The esteemed annual awards will be presented at a gala celebration at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 16th November, with the best sporting talent from across New South Wales in attendance. The awards recognise and honour the achievements of NSWIS athletes, coaches and sport programs across eight categories.

NSWIS CEO Kevin Thompson said, “The finalists for the 2017 NSWIS Awards demonstrate the depth of talent we have amongst our athletes, coaches and sport programs here at the NSW Institute of Sport. We are all looking forward to celebrating the many highlights from the past 12 months at the awards dinner on 16 November.”

The full list of finalists for the 2017 NSWIS Awards is below:

Name Sport
Arrowfield Stud Male Athlete of the Year
Riley Fitzsimmons Canoe Sprint
Jack Hargreaves Rowing
Josh Hicks Rowing
Matthew Levy Swimming
Spencer Turrin Rowing
Murray Stewart Canoe Sprint
Nick Yallouris Cycling
Office of Sport Female Athlete of the Year
Britteny Cox Winter Sports
Madi de Rozario Athletics
Jessica Fox Canoe Slalom
Ashleigh Gentle Triathlon
Amanda Reid Cycling
Dani Stevens Athletics
Southern Design Coach of the Year
Steve Desovich & Jerry Grossi Winter Sports
Myriam Fox Canoe Slalom
Bradley McGee Cycling
Jake Michael Canoe Sprint
Louise Sauvage Athletics
Chava Sobrino Diving
Sydney Olympic Park Authority Program of the Year
Canoe Sprint
Winter Sports
Mizuno Junior Athlete of the Year
Tess Coady Winter Sports
Noemie Fox Canoe Slalom
Adam Lambert Winter Sports
Dylan Littlehales Canoe Sprint
Teigan O’Shannassy Netball
Ian Thorpe OAM Outstanding Achievement presented by Ryde Toyota
Jack Hargreaves, Josh Hicks & Spencer Turrin Rowing
Lachlan Hollis Water polo
Kaarle McCulloch Cycling
Declan Stacey Diving
Murray Stewart Canoe Sprint
Melissa Wu Diving
ClubsNSW Personal Excellence Award
Jo Brigden-Jones Canoe Sprint
Cameron Girdlestone Rowing
Kaarle McCulloch Cycling
Sarah Walsh Athletics
Emily Washer Swimming
Krystle Yin Winter Sports
The University of Sydney Academic Excellence Award
Angus Armstrong Athletics
Hannah Buckling Water Polo
Holly Crawford Winter Sports
Noemie Fox Canoe Slalom
Harriet Hudson Rowing
Simon McTavish Canoe Sprint